Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows)
TransportThese shortcuts work in the main window, effect/instrument windows and editor windows:
- Home: Go to start of song.
- End: Go to end of song.
- Space Bar: Toggle transport start/stop. The 'media start/pause' key works too.
- Shift+Space Bar: Start at last start position (if transport stopped), Stop and move to start position (if transport running).
- Left/Right Arrow: Rewind/Fast Forward.
Several modifier keys can be used combined with the left/right arrow keys:
- M: To previous/next Marker.
- B: To previous/next bar.
- E: To previous/next beat.
- S: One second backward/forward.
- I: One minute backward/forward.
- Q: One quarter hour backward/forward.
- H: One hour backward/forward.
- R: To last recording start/end.
- Alt: Walk through history of recent start positions (and the last stop position if transport is stopped). These positions are also available from the Markers menu. You can press Alt+Left Arrow to manually 'loop' part of the song. This can be useful when setting up effects.
- Ctrl: Move one pixel in the editors. The actual amount of time depends on the zoom level.
- Page Up/Down: Move one editor page. The actual amount of time depends on the zoom level and the window width.
- Ctrl+L: Toggle Cycle button.
- F6: Cycle selected part of focused track.
- F7: Set cycle region start point.
- F8: Set cycle region end point.
- C+Space Bar: Engage the Cycle button and start transport.
- Ctrl+-: Zoom Out.
- Ctrl++: Zoom In.
- Ctrl+Shift+R: Toggle Automation Recording button.
- Ctrl+Shift+T: Toggle Automation Touch Mode button.
- Ctrl+M: Add Marker.
- Ctrl+Alt+V: Show/Hide VariSpeed control (Pro edition only).
- Up/Down Arrow: Scroll mixer sections up/down. Add Ctrl key to scroll one page. In Multi Column Rack mode (see Preferences) these keys scroll one section's width left or right.
- Tab / Shift+Tab: Focus next/previous section. Add Ctrl key to focus last / first section.
- Ctrl+S: Save song.
- Ctrl+N: Show Comments window.
- Ctrl+I: Show Windows audio recording settings.
- Ctrl+J: Toggle Soft Monitoring.
- Ctrl+P: Toggle Punch In/Out recording.
- Ctrl+Q: Toggle Sound On Sound recording.
- Ctrl+T: Add empty track.
- Ctrl+Alt+A: Add Audio Track.
- Ctrl+Alt+M: Add MIDI Track.
- Ctrl+Alt+I: Import audio/MIDI file.
- Ctrl+Alt+G: Add .gjm track.
- Ctrl+Alt+J: Add .gjs track.
- Ctrl+Alt+W: Add .wav track (same as Ctrl+Alt+A).
- Ctrl+Alt+3: Add .mp3 track.
- Ctrl+Alt+P: Add .mpt track.
- Alt+T: Alternate Take, add Shift to avoid rewinding.
- Ctrl+Alt+T: Alternate Take (in new tracks), add Shift to avoid rewinding.
- Ctrl+R: Show Delay Before Recording window.
- Ctrl+K: Show Keyboard Splitter window.
- Insert: Toggle Ripple button.
- Ctrl+G: Toggle Snap button.
- Ctrl+B: Toggle Bars button.
- Ctrl+Alt+B: Switch time grid to bars.
- Ctrl+Alt+S: Switch time grid to seconds.
- Ctrl+E: Show Tempo / Time Signature Editor.
- Ctrl+Alt+E: Show Song Editor.
- Ctrl+H: Show Chords Editor.
- Ctrl+Alt+H: Show Lyrics Editor.
- Ctrl+O: Show Audio Output Control.
- Ctrl+F: Show Remote Control window.
- Ctrl+D: Show Devices window.
- Ctrl+Alt+C: Show/hide CPU usage indicator.
- Ctrl+Alt+D: Show/hide disk space indicator.
- F11: Enter / leave full screen mode.
- Ctrl+W: Show/hide wizard.
- F1: Show help on the item the mouse points to.
Most editors can be operated using the standard Windows keyboard shortcuts. A track editor can only be controlled using keyboard shortcuts if the track has focus. The Time Signature and Tempo editors do not support keyboard shortcuts.
The following shortcuts are supported:
- Alt+Enter: Edit
- Ctrl+Z: Undo
- Ctrl+Y: Redo (Ctrl+Shift+Z also works)
- Ctrl+X: Cut
- Ctrl+C: Copy
- Ctrl+V: Paste
- Delete: Delete
- Ctrl+A: Select All
- Ctrl+Shift+I: Make punch-in point equal to transport position
- Ctrl+Shift+O: Make punch-out point equal to transport position
- Shift+Left/Right Arrow: Shift editors left/right while keeping transport position
- Alt: Temporarily switch between Select Notes/Dots and Add mode
The Multi MIDI Editor also features:
- Up/Down Arrow: scroll up/down. Add Ctrl key to scroll all the way up/down.
- Tab / Shift+Tab: make next/previous track active.
- Alt+M: Move selected notes to active track.
- Tab / Shift+Tab: to next/previous bar.
Add Audio Track window
- Ctrl+M: Mono
- Ctrl+S: Stereo
- Ctrl+N: Show # of tracks box (Pro edition only).
- F5: Rescan VST plugins.
- F3 or Ctrl+F: Show effect/instrument selector
- F5: Reset Level History (Compressor, Dynamics, Noisegate), Reset spectrum averaging (EQ), Reload VST plugin (VST/VSTi plugin).
- Ctrl+M: Reset custom remote control knob mappings
MultitrackStudio Instruments window
- Up/Down Arrow: Step through available instruments.
External MIDI Instrument window
- Up/Down Arrow: Change Program
- Shift+Up/Down Arrow: Change Bank
Most windows, including the main window, feature shortcuts using the Alt key. If you press the Alt key the shortcut characters will appear underlined. The shortcuts will hide again when the Alt key is released. The shortcut key should be pressed before the Alt key is released.
In the main window, only the mixer section which has focus can be controlled using Alt shortcuts. A dot appears on the left hand side of the mixer section indicating it is focused. Tab and Shift+Tab can be used to move focus. Clicking a section (including any of its controls) will focus that section as well.
The Preference and EQ windows have a similar focus mechanism.
Focus indicator (left) and Pan knob after pressing Alt+P (right).
Volume faders and rotary knobs can be edited using Alt shortcuts as well. An edit field appears in which a new value can be typed. Pressing Enter accepts the new value, Esc discards it.
Instead of typing a value you can use the up/down arrow keys to move the control.
Note: the left Alt key should be used on some international keyboards.
Mouse modifier keys change the effect of a mouse click if you keep the key down while clicking.
Standard modifier keys
- Ctrl (while selecting): Select item without deselecting existing items (MIDI editor notes, track Solo buttons)
- Ctrl (while dragging): Copy item instead of move it (editors and effect slots)
- Alt (on Overview Bar thumb): drag to select cycle region and start transport
- Shift (on Start button): Start at last start position
- C (on Start button): Start cycling
- T (on counter): Show text edit box to type new value
- A: Show automation editor
- T: Show text edit box to type new value
- C: Move to center position
- A: Show automation editor
- T: Show text edit box to type new value
- B: Toggle effect's Bypass button
- M: Open all slots in the same group of slots (eg. all slots in a track, or in a Multi Effect etc.)
Track buttonsThe Play, Rec, Mute and Edit buttons of all tracks will be toggled if you keep the Ctrl key down while clicking a track's button.
Editor Time Bars
- Alt (on thumb): drag to select cycle region and start transport
- Alt (on edges selected part): Stretch selected part
- Alt (in selected part): Warp selected part
Pianoroll, Score and Drum editor notes
- V: Velocity (volume) of note
- D: Duration of note
- S: Sharpen note (one semitone up)
- F: Flatten note (one semitone down)
- Q: Quantize note (move it to the current grid)
- R: Remove (delete) note
- T: Transpose note one octave up or down
- X: eXpand to chord (eg. click a C and select major: an E and a G will be added)
- 1: make it a whole note
- 2: make it a half note
- 3: make it a quarter note
- 4: make it an 8th note
- 5: make it a 16th note
- 6: make it a 32nd note
- A: add/remove dot (score only)
- Shift: prevent note from moving horizontally while dragging it
The V, D, T and X mouse modifiers pop up a small selector, which will disappear when you release the mouse button. You can select an item by moving the mouse while the mouse button is still down.
The Drum Editor doesn't support mouse modifiers which don't make sense for percussion instruments (like Duration, Sharpen, Expand to chord etc.).
The 1..6 modifiers can also be used on the score editor's note duration box.
The mouse wheel or touchpad can be used in various places:
- Move mixer sections vertically.
- Move faders and rotary knobs (in main window use horizontal movements or add the Shift key).
- Scroll lists.
- Scroll MIDI editors vertically.
Combined with Shift key:
- Zoom editors horizontally.
Combined with Ctrl key:
- While mouse is over left hand side of editor: zoom editor vertically.
- Zoom Lyrics Prompter.